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A peek inside: Eau Spa - Need Ritzy pampering without a long drive? Just say spa: Manalapan

By Mary Thurwachter



Classically elegant and newly renovated — to the tune of $100 million — the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach has an extra reason to celebrate this month. Its $30 million addition, Eau Spa, opens at last. The hammering has stopped, the paint has dried, the furniture has been thoughtfully arranged and now it’s time for guests to “pause, play and perfect.” That “three-P” philosophy is evident throughout the 42,000-square-foot spa with an emphasis on sensory experiences with… Continue

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Ocean Ridge considers banning dogs from beach; performance-based bonuses

By Hector Florin



OCEAN RIDGE — Should dogs be prohibited from roaming private beaches? A kink in the town’s code forbids animals on public town beaches, but doesn’t specify all beaches, Commissioner Terry Brown said at the Mar. 2 meeting.

“Virtually all of the beaches in Ocean Ridge are privately owned,” Brown said, but residents have approached him saying they’ve seen dogs, leading to various interpretations of the law. Town Attorney Ken Spillias said there would be… Continue

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Cold weather increases manatee sighting

By Lucy Whitmarsh



Some 3,807 manatees were counted in January by the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, a record high number since it began the annual surveys in 1991.

The survey found 589 manatees in Palm Beach County. Buddy Powell, a biologist at the Sea to Shore Alliance, an environmental organization based in St. Petersburg, said that an aerial survey in February spotted about 400 manatees tightly collected in the output of the Florida Power and Light plant in Riviera… Continue

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Sell, Baby, Sell: Hypoluxo Island

By Hector Florin



Bob Montgomery wants to take a break from two decades as a Florida real estate broker. So the 69-year-old is reaching into his grab bag of real estate tricks to lure a buyer for his Hypoluxo Island home. Montgomery is dropping the price of his waterfront property by $5,000 a day. While no faux-Lotto billboards update the latest asking price (now at about $1.55 million), signs planted on swales along Ocean Avenue announce his stunt. It kicked off Feb. 1, with the… Continue

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Spotlight on Delray Beach's Old Calypso Restaurant

By Florence Kizza



DELRAY BEACH — Several city residents living on the Intracoastal Waterway were lit up last month, thanks to an illuminating move by a local business. Old Calypso restaurant installed new lights on its building that ended up causing a stir among nearby residents.



“The lights were strobing like something out of the Las Vegas strip and shining in my window,” explains Delray Beach resident Jenie DePonte. “I found it very disturbing.”



Old Calypso is… Continue

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Briny Breezes parking tickets rile residents

By Hector Florin



BRINY BREEZES — Parking tickets are causing a fuss in Briny Breezes. Corporation director Robert Purcell described the volunteer Boynton Beach group’s parking enforcement “an embarrassment — it’s harassment” at the Feb. 26 Town Council meeting. He and Town Mayor Roger Bennett also engaged in a brief verbal tiff during the discussion. Purcell said he once inadvertently forgot to give a guest — parked in Purcell’s driveway — a visitor’s parking pass. A volunteer… Continue

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Boynton seeking new City Hall proposals

By Margie Plunkett



BOYNTON BEACH — The City Commission called for developer proposals to fashion a new police station and City Hall at its Feb. 17 meeting, after contemplating a $30 million pitch to move the city complex to Renaissance Commons.

Earlier at the meeting, developer Compson Associates withdrew the Renaissance Commons proposal, which included refurbishing the nearby 1927 high school. President Jim Comparato said it had become “politically charged” and that Compson… Continue

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Sea turtle season begins

March 1 marks the official beginning of sea turtle season in Palm Beach County. Please be aware of your beach activities and night lighting during the coming months. These special visitors to our shores are threatened and endangered species. They were here long before we were. Please show them respect.
-- Mary Kate Leming, Editor

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Local color: Briny Breezes Art League mounts 57th annual show

By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — “When I was young, I wanted to be an artist,” Marion Roddin recalls. “I could have gone to the Fashion Institute of New York, but my mother didn’t want me to become a hippie.”

After her husband’s early retirement and their move to Florida, Roddin joined the Briny Breezes Art League and started taking watercolor classes. That was 15 years ago, and come the weekend of March 21, you’ll see proof that youthful dreams can blossom with age at the league’s… Continue

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Putting the pedal to the mettle

By Rochelle E.B. Gilken



I swam in alligator-infested lakes. I went rock climbing without a harness. I fought until I was bloody in a boxing ring.



But I was never more nervous about my mortality than I was while preparing to embark on this journey: a death-defying bike ride from Linton Boulevard and A1A to the Ritz Carlton in Manalapan.



It may not sound frightening, but I calculated the odds.



Even a Smart Car, hitting the scales at 1,600 pounds,… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 15, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Local leaders recall McCarty’s support

By Ron Hayes



Talk to the mayors, managers and civic activists who run the coastal communities once represented by Mary McCarty and you'll hear a common theme. Gratitude.



Whatever her failings or felonies, they say, the former District 4 commissioner was a loyal supporter of local government, and a generous friend to the cities in her district.



“I think District 4 cities to a one will tell you she was always the commissioner who stood up and was a strong advocate… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 11, 2009 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Humbled McCarty faces prison term



By Thomas R. Collins



After years of taking on her fellow county commissioners, calling her own shots, blazing her own trail, Mary McCarty was the picture of obedience.



More than punctual to her first court appearance on federal corruption charges — she got there two hours and 10 minutes early, perhaps to avoid clicking cameras and microphone-thrusting reporters — McCarty sat in the front row of the courtroom. Then she was… Continue

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MAUREEN ANN BLUM: Manalapan

By Ron Hayes



MANALAPAN — Maureen and Peter Blum were baptized in the same church as children, met in high school, wed young and remained devoted to each other through 60 years of married life. “She was the love of my life,” said her husband, a town commissioner since 1973. “We married young, but we both had good families who loved us both, so that was part of our success.”

Mrs. Blum passed away Jan. 30 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, seven months after suffering a stroke.… Continue

Added by Mary Kate Leming on February 9, 2009 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Coastal Stars: Gulf Stream

In working to encourage violence-free relationships and promote social change that can help end domestic abuse, Barbara Murphy and Ann Bennett have given extraordinary amounts of their time and talent to Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse Inc.

Most recently, the Gulf Stream residents have worked together to create AVDA's newest event — the Heart of A Woman Luncheon. This event celebrates the strength and courage of women, with proceeds going to support victims of domestic abuse and their… Continue

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Quick pipe repair may also be lasting one: Briny Breezes

By Hector Florin

A busted sewer pipe that led Briny Breezes officials to warn residents to limit their water usage is still being closely monitored, though the pipe is believed to be in good shape and won’t need to be replaced.

The 6-inch force main, operated by Boynton Beach and hooked up to Briny’s wastewater system, was clamped and repaired hours after the leak was called in Jan. 22 around 1:45 p.m. Someone near the sewage lift station at St. Andrews Country Club noticed a leak and… Continue

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Boynton Library to close for final renovations

To complete the transfer of library materials and furnishings, the Boynton Beach City Library will be closed from Monday, Feb. 16 to Friday, March 6.

The building will reopen with a pre-grand opening gala fundraiser to benefit the children and teen programs at the library the evening of March 6.

The library will reopen to the public on Saturday, March 7.,

Information for library patrons while building is closed:

* The northeast doors of the library building will stay open… Continue

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Paul McCarthy: Briny Breezes



By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — Not long after Paul and Joan Ruopp moved to Briny Breezes in 1993, a stranger knocked on their door, bearing a golf bag and a smile. “I hear you folks are from Ocean Grove,” Paul McCarthy said. “So are we.”

For the next 15 years, the two Pauls played golf almost every week, both in Florida and New Jersey.

“I’m going to miss him terribly,” Ruopp said.

Mr. McCarthy died peacefully Jan. 19 in… Continue

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Town debates whether docks can grow to 100 feet long: Manalapan

By Hector Florin

Will longer docks on the north end of Manalapan create eyesores and bring bigger boats to town? That’s a question being mulled as the town considers allowing dock lengths to extend, in some cases, to 100 feet, depending on the size of the property. Town commissioners debated the code change on Jan. 27, stemming from discussion by the Zoning Commission in November, but decided to postpone any decision for one year. Commissioner Robert Evans led the charge to study the… Continue

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Irving Sloane: Delray Beach

By Ron Hayes



DELRAY BEACH — In the days before his death, a nurse at Bethesda Memorial Hospital called Irving Sloane’s wife aside.

“I think his mind is wandering,” the well-meaning nurse told Pearl Sloane. “He told us he ran the New York marathon when he was 66 and learned to water-ski at 72.”

But the patient’s mind was not wandering. In his 91 years, Mr. Sloane did all that and a good deal more. A resident of Seagate Towers, he… Continue

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George Haller: Briny Breezes

By Ron Hayes



BRINY BREEZES — Look for George Haller any sunny afternoon and you’d find him in his regular chair on the beach, joking, chatting and reminiscing with a group of friends known around town as “the raisins,” because of their devotion to the sun.

“We talked about Briny Breezes and our friends up in the cold,” remembers Paul Ruopp. “We talked about the girls that walked along the beach — George was a great one for that — and… Continue

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